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Independent Review Group – Private Practice in Public Hospitals

The Minister for Health established an Independent Review Group to conduct an impact analysis on the separation of private practice from the public hospital system, with a view to practical approaches that can be taken to removing private practice from public hospitals, the impacts that this will have, what timeframe might apply and how to phase it over time.

On December 14th 2017, the Independent Review Group launched a public consultation seeking views from members of the public and from interested parties on the current arrangements in relation to private practice in public hospitals; on the future direction that might apply; and on suggestions in relation to transitional arrangements to give effect to the future direction. In particular, the Group invited submissions related to the following themes:

  • Eligibility, access and equity
  • Current and future funding arrangements
  • Legislative and legal issues
  • Operational matters including specialist services
  • Recruitment and retention of personnel; and
  • Practical approaches to removing private practice from public hospitals including timeframe and phasing.

A copy of the submissions received can be viewed via the links below.

Number Received From Number of Pages
1. David Buttimer 3
2. Brian Creedon 2
3. John Doris 5
4. William Kirwan 3
5. Sean Tierney 4
6. FORSA 3
7. HIA 8
8a. HSE – Acute Planning and Strategy Division Part 1 28
8b. HSE – Acute Planning and Strategy Division Part 2 27
9. Private Hospitals Association 5
10. Pathways to Universal Healthcare 8
11. Rotunda Hospital 2
12. Michael Cranston 1
13. RCSI 4
14. South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital Department of Anaesthesiology 2
15. HSE – Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division 5
16. Ann Barry 1
17. HIQA 5
18. Royal College of Physicians Ireland 3
19. Michael Fitzgerald 1
20. Irish Congress of Trade Unions 2
21. Clontarf Hospital 3
22. Health Reform Alliance 9
23. David O’ Keeffe 3
24. Helen Whelton 3
25. Róisín Shortall TD 5
26. The Irish Hospice Foundation 2
27. Laya Healthcare 12
28. Adelaide Health Foundation 4
29. Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation 14
30. Irish Life Health 10
31. Michael O’ Connell 5
32. IHCA 26
33. M. Chambers 2
34. John Barton 7
35. Brian Turner 4
36. Mark Keogh 4
37. VHI 11
38. HSE – Office of the National Director of Human Resources 3
39. Dunbur Management Consulting 2
40. Irish Patients Association 6
41. Patient Focus 2
42. IMO 11
43. Medical Council Ireland 1
44. John R. Higgins 2
45. Dublin Midlands Hospital Group 7
46. Saolta University Health Care Group 4
47. UL Hospital Group 16